An online acquaintance of mine sent me a personal email, courteously asking if I would mind digging his post.
Here was my reply to him:
I don’t mind at all. Dugg. You know, I received all manner of automated shouts and whatnot today and I ignored every one of them. I dugg yours because you don’t bug the shit out of me, you personally ask, you ask nicely, and if I did ask you to return the favor, I know you would.
Social media is a great sidekick to blogging (or is it the other way around?). I mention Digg in the headline because it’s specific to the event that inspired this post, but you can apply this to any other social media or voting site. There’s nothing wrong with asking other people to vote for your stuff. But there’s worse and there’s better ways to do it.
- Any automated request feature of a social network
- Asking everyone on the social networks constantly
- Asking for votes/submissions right in the post
- Inappropriate matches between content and audience
- Personal, infrequent emails
- Very infrequent requests on social networks
- Form a blog pack for this
Clearly, this is all just my opinion, and you’re welcome to disagree with it. We’re all busy people, and I don’t even get as many emails or have as active of a social media presence as some others do. But I know what gets me to pay attention to a social media voting request, and what turns me off, and I’m sharing that with you hoping it may benefit you.
Do social media voting requests bug you? Feel like you want to spout off about it? Have a different point of view? Comments are below, have at it…